For a marque that’s existed as long as Mercedes-Benz, with a history as storied as theirs, the model that they call their flagship must be undoubtedly impressive. The S-Class officially began production in 1972, though as with many other models, its predecessors date back to the models of the 1950s. From drivetrain technologies, to new safety features, the S-Class has been used by Mercedes-Benz to unveil new innovations and creations for more than fifty years.
In its sixth generation, the S-Class was used to introduce features originally seen on concept cars. In its first year, 2013, it became the first vehicle in the industry to exclusively feature LED lights inside and out. For the 2014 S-Class, a heads-up display and a gesture-responsive touchpad were integrated for the first time.
The first-generation S-Class sedan began this trend of groundbreaking developments for the company. During its production time from 1972-1980, approximately 473,035 units were created and sold, each showing that just because a car was beautifully styled and designed didn’t mean that it couldn’t also be safe.
The S-Class coupe was introduced for the second generation, which was produced from 1979-1992. It proved to be a popular option, as an additional 74,060 were sold on top of the 818,036 S-Class sedans. The third generation had few changes aside from larger proportions, a few new features and the standard facelift, though the price was increased by an impressive 25 percent.
Performance figures for the S-Class had a little more fun in the fourth generation, produced from 1998-2005, when the Mercedes S-Class AMG models were unveiled. The S55 AMG featured a 5.4-liter V8 that creates 493 hp. In 2001, the limited edition S63 AMG was available for one month, featuring a 6.3-liter V12 touting 444 hp.
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